Thesis defence X. Li: urban China

15 June 2018 10:00 - Location: Aula, TU Delft - By: webredactie

Residents' Perceptions of Impending Forced Relocation in Urban China. A case study of state-led urban redevelopment in Shenyang. Promotor: Prof.dr. M. van Ham (Bk).

Since 1978, urban redevelopment in China has resulted in large-scale neighbourhood demolition and forced residential relocation, which can severely disrupt established people-place interactions in the demolished neighbourhoods. Urban redevelopment in China has also been criticized by the public and scholars, because the position of the residents in decision-making processes of urban redevelopment is often marginalized. Conflicts have arisen between residents, local governments and developers, against the backdrop of the uneven redistribution of capital accumulated via urban space reproduction.

The aim of the thesis is to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of urban redevelopment and its induced forced relocation on residents, by investigating their behavioural and emotional responses to state-led urban redevelopment (i.e. Shantytown Redevelopment Projects) in Shenyang, a Chinese city. The thesis proposes a conceptual model to show the sequence of events that households experience during urban redevelopment, by dividing forced relocation into three stages: the pre-demolition stage, the transitional stage and the post-relocation stage. It focuses on residents experiences at the pre-demolition stage and highlights the agency of affected residents, through exploring their interactions with other stakeholders and through displaying the ambivalence revealed by their neighbourhood experiences and perceptions. 

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